|A Pace Odyssey
Imagine waking up in the morning and walking into the kitchen, your eyes filled with sleep and your head foggy. You reach for your coffee, and suddenly you realize something tragic: you’ve run out of coffee. We’ve all experienced the moment of dread when we miss our morning coffee and have to face the day without it, but how would we react if that coffee disappeared altogether? Today, the risk of our world’s most popular coffee species going extinct is very real. With a combination of deforestation, droughts, plant diseases and climate change, almost 60% of coffee species in the wild could be gone soon. Aaron P. Davis stated in an interview with CNN “...coffee requires a forest habitat for its survival, with so much deforestation going on around the world, wild coffee species are being impacted at an alarming rate."
Coffee along with other popular plants like chocolate are acclimated to extremely specific habitats in the wild, so the change in climate, increase of rainfall, and rising temperatures make it nearly impossible for these species of coffee to grow where they once flourished. Unless governments and coffee producers increase the protection on these plants and save away more of the seeds, some of our favorite blends could be extinct anywhere between twenty to sixty years. Scientists have come up with a few solutions to this issue, like creating new controlled habitats for these crops, but it will not produce the same amount or quality of crops. With these new habitats, the prices of coffee could inflate and your cup o’joe might even taste worse.
Coffee is not the only plant affected by humans. Rapid deforestation could mean the end of numerous plant and animal species. However, deforestation is not necessarily a bad thing. It offers job opportunities, removed the dead or infected plants, and allows for more agricultural land. Contrarily, deforestation harms wildlife and their environment, causes floods and fires, and contributes to the issue of climate change.
In your opinion, is deforestation good, bad, or somewhere in between? How can we resolve this issue with so many plants becoming endangered? Is the solution of creating fixed environments better than attempting to preserve the wild habitats? How would your life change without coffee?